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  • The threat of Trump's banality (Login Required)

    Today, the rhetoric is different, but the tactics are the same. Each time Trump attacks a vital institution of American democracy, he makes his future seizure of power more likely. By slowly removing the various pegs of our public sphere, he deconstructs the state to the point where it will topple like a Jenga tower.

  • Caricatures of war (Login Required)

    The caricatures will become people, the deaths final and the fear real. However, I think we owe this honesty to the victims of war, both in and outside America. Hopefully this honestly will change our idea of war, which is the only way to stop the war machine.

  • When freedom is too much (Login Required)

    In the past few years we've seen the rise of many Internet features that we could never call democratic. The continued rise of clickbait, fake news, trolling, hate speech, and yes, even memes reflect our new Internet.

  • In defense of the Internet (Login Required)

    This is why I find the derision of the Internet so bothersome. When people critique “millennials who are too obsessed with their phones,” what they are implicitly saying is that they don’t value, or possibly are even aware of, the progressiveness that comes from the Internet. Even seemingly dumb things like memes often serve as a way to express a lived experience shared by internet subgroups, and provide a space for oppressed people to establish a sense of solidarity.

  • Where's the good news? (Login Required)

    But at the  time, everyday you log onto Facebook or look at Google News, you hope beyond all rational hope that today, things will be different. Today, the top story won't be another one of President Trump's hair brained "policies," but a story of hope, full of humanity and love and life.

  • "That IS funny" (Login Required)

    It is common to hear that certain subjects or groups of people are "off limits," but such broad prohibitions are absurd. There are ways to joke about difficult subjects constructively, and comedy does far more social good than harm.

  • Humor valuable part of political discourse (Login Required)

    Humor is very raw. It can be sharp to the touch. It can be dangerous; but it can also keep us safe.

  • Humor in the age of outrage (Login Required)

    Every usage of racial slurs and offensive perjoratives served to highlight the absurdity of the entire situation being shown on screen.

  • Trying (and failing) to go on autopilot (Login Required)

    I suspect a survival mechanism kicked in somewhere along the way for her, a desire to shrink and simplify the world, to focus on what she could: her job, her family, her friends. Even my father, the news junkie of the family, tends toward passivity. Since Inauguration Day, he has often said of everything done by the new administration, ever so blandly, "We'll see."

  • Dissecting America, a nation of contradiction (Login Required)

    Given all the facts facing the reality of our ideas is embarassing, and many crave the old perspective, the old ignorance, because back then the water was untested and everything was more calm and clear. Now, the water is murky for our troubling, and it feels as if America might drown.

  • Peacing our politics back together (Login Required)

    Indeed, Carleton is dimly aware of its own desire for peace and common ground, but as the tone of some of these writings illustrates, its ability to get there is hampered by the adversarial nature of its usual modes of discussion.

  • A complex American identity (Login Required)

    Sure, there are indeed many American citizens who hold the bigoted views of Trump and gladly voted him in. At the same time, though, there are also many Americans working hard to change the status quo.